Tesco Ireland raises €130,000 and counting for Temple Street in six short weeks!

29 December 2016:  Tesco Ireland’s festive fundraising in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital have successfully raised over €130,000, which will  buy a new Echo machine for the hospital.

Throughout December Tesco colleagues in all 148 stores put their hearts and souls into selling over 30,000 sachets of Reindeer Food to raise much-needed funds for Temple Street. The magical mix of oats and glitter can be spread on the lawn to help guide Rudolph and his furry friends to your home on Christmas Eve. Rudolph and his reindeer pals will definitely make it to homes around Ireland, thanks to so many people donating to the Reindeer Food Fundraiser.

The success of Reindeer Food combined with over 16,000 sales of the specially prepared Christmas sandwich, Aoife’s Parle’s gorgeous ‘Silver Lining’ CD single which reached number 5 in the Irish single charts and a festive Christmas bouquet, means that Tesco colleagues and consumers have raised over €130,000 for the little heroes of Temple Street.

All money raised from this year’s fundraising event will pay for the replacement of an Echo Machine for the Cardiology Department at Temple Street. This super-specialised machine is used to take ultrasounds to detect issues in the structure of the heart and costs €125,460. In 2015 alone, 1,534 children required an ECHO assessment in Temple Street putting the only Echo Machine, which is 5 years old, under great pressure. A new Echo machine is essential to allow the continued delivery of reliable ECHO assessments to both in-patients and out-patients attending the hospital.

Emma Barrett, Temple Street Foundation said: “On behalf of all the patients and staff of Temple Street I want to thank Tesco colleagues and customers for their amazing generosity this festive season. Raising over €130,000 within a few weeks is an amazing achievement. This brand new Echo machine will make a huge difference to our little heroes in Temple Street.” 

Tesco has been working with Temple Street as its charity partner since October 2014, and has raised over €2.2m for the hospital, helping it to buy life-saving equipment.